The Mueller Investigation - What If There Was No Collusion No Obstruction?
The Mueller Investigation Bears No Russian Fruit
The Mueller investigation on Russian interference in America's election at some point will be over. Hopefully, this lengthy and methodical investigation will produce good proof of what may have occurred or what did not occur in America's 2016 presidential election. So far after a year of digging, there is nothing to show that the Trump campaign broke any campaign laws. This is not to say that the something could be uncovered in the near future. However, the investigation has uncovered that there were several people who worked on President Trump's campaign that did break the law. These findings resulted in an indictment for crimes unrelated to the campaign. It's clear to some that Mueller went far adrift from what he was hired to do, and strayed from the mandate of the investigation. However, if one reads the one-page document, he was given permission to stray...
The Mueller Russian Investigation Mandate Was Well Docuented
On May 17th, 2017 deputy attorney general, Rod J.Rosenstein, appointed former F.B.I. Director Robert S. Mueller III as the special counsel to head up, and oversee the investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential elections. The mandate for the Russian interference in our election was clearly worded in a one-page document.
So far Mueller has indited 19 people. it's apparent he strayed from the path a bit and has charged three American citizens that worked or were associated with the Trump campaign. He also indited 13 Russian nationals, and three known Russian groups with violating criminal laws with the intent of meddling "with U.S. elections and political processes".
The Order- Sweet And Simple Fact
The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, appointed former F.B.I. Director Robert S. Mueller III as the special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election.
The First Indictments - Paul Manafort and Rick Gates
The special counsel’s office has brought forth their first indictment in the Russian probe investigation. After nine months of investigation, Robert Mueller has obtained two indictment from a federal grand jury. Paul Manafort Trump's former campaign manager along with his business associate Rick Gates was indicted on 12 counts in connection with Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. The charges date back to 2006 which include conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading Foreign Agent Registration (FARA) statements, false statements and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign banks and financial accounts. The case was looked at in 2006 and dropped. "Manafort has since pleaded" not guilty to all charges.
Soon To Follow The Flynn Indictment
The fact is there have been two indictments out of the Mueller investigation. Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser was indicted on one count of making false statements to the FBI.
According to court documents, Michael Flynn was charged with one count of "willfully and knowingly" making false statements to the FBI. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his talks with a Russian ambassador. Flynn resigned as Trump’s national security adviser in February 2017 over revelations that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence on his communications with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. The subject of the conversation is unknown except for unsecured leaks. I deal in fact, so find it distasteful to quote rumor. I would assume at some point the continence of the conversation that Flynn had with Kislyak will become public. Flynn accepted a plea deal and has agreed to cooperate with the FBI. Many are speculating that Flynn has information that will lead to proving that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. This is speculation.
So Far There Is Nothing That Shows Any Collusion Or Obstruction .... Now What?
The evidence thus far shows no collision or obstruction of justice. The evidence bears no Russian fruit. Yes, there have been two indictments. However, neither is relevant to the Russian Meddling in our election. Yes, there are many theories as well as unsubstantiated faceless leaks trying to connect the dots. But, facts will ultimately be the deciding factor that will prove if Russia sought to work with the Trump campaign to skew our 2016 election. All the speculation will fly out the window with the truth. The truth could substantiate that there was collusion. It might also prove there was none.
Summing It All Up
At no time in history has the country been so divided politically. There is a clear line in the sand, a left, and a right. The Russian investigation has deepened the divide and elicited conspiracy hysteria like no other problem America has faced.
So, what will occur when it's all over? After Mueller gives his findings, and we have a clear picture of what occurred? When it's time to move on, and a clear winner has been assigned by Mueller's final findings. We can all be assured there will, in the end, be a winner. With all the Bragging rights that comes with being a winner. Will the divide be mended or will it become deeper? Will one side be it right or left come to the realization that it is time to stop the battle of words? At least on this subject.
Update Feb 16, 2018 - Mueller announces No American's were involved with Russian tampering in 2016 Presidential election.
The indictment says that the defendants allegedly, by early to mid 2016, were "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump."
13 Russian nationals indited for interference in 2016 Presidential election. No American's were involved.
13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities have been indicted for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. The defendants allegedly conducted information warfare against the United States election process allegedly to help Donald Trump win the presidential election.The defendants used fake American personas, social media platforms, and other Internet media to advance their scheme, according to an indictment.
Deputy AG Rosenstein stated at a news conference on February 16, 2018, that there is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing involved or participated in the Russian scheme — nor was there any allegation that the scheme affected the outcome of the election. When will all of this end?
Update Friday May 4, 2018, Federal Judge Steps In With Scathing Rebuke...
May 4, 2018, - Manafort appeared in court Friday to seek the dismissal of the charges outlined in the Virginia indictment. A federal judge U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis sharply challenged special counsel Robert Mueller's and his prosecution team. He questioned how its indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on financial charges relates to Mueller's mandate to investigate alleged 2016 Russian election interference.
Judge T.S. Ellis stating that the Mueller's team seemed to be pursuing the case which involves bank and tax fraud to "tighten the screws" on Manafort. Perhaps in the hope that he will flip and testify against others including President Donald Trump.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in the Eastern District of Virginia said. “I don’t see what relationship this indictment has with anything the special counsel is authorized to investigate,”
At a tense hearing at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia judge Ellis said "Mueller should not have “unfettered power” in his Russia probe and that the charges against Manafort did not arise from the investigation into Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election."
Judge Ellis proceeded to give the attorneys from the Mueller investigation a tongue lashing. "It’s unlikely you’re going to persuade me the special counsel has unfettered power to do whatever he wants”. I don't see what relation this indictment has with what the special counsel is authorized to investigate," Ellis said to prosecutors. "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud. ... What you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment." Judge Ellis did not immediately rule on Manafort's motion to dismiss the Virginia indictment. A trial date in the case is set for July 10., and Ellis has issued an order to see several documents in regards to the Mandate issued for the Mueller investigation.
It appears this ongoing investigation is being to be scrutinized by Ellis. Hopefully, it will be over soon... It'givesng the appearance of a "witch hunt".